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Melissa becomes post-tropical...expected to dissipate soon

Posted: 12:00 PM, Oct 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-14 10:44:50-04
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UPDATE 10/13/19

Melissa has transitioned to a post tropical cyclone and the last advisory has been issued by the NHC. The storm will dissipate by Tuesday.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 10/13/19

Tropical storm Melissa has wind of 40 mph. Any decrease in wind speed will cause Melissa to be downgraded. That is expected later today as it moves quickly away from the U.S. at 20 mph.

FOX 4 METEOROLOGIST ERIC STONE

UPDATE 10/13/19 5PM

Melissa is now moving quickly to the east and its wind is just over tropical storm force. It will become a remnant low later in the day Monday as it merges with a trough.

FOX 4 METEOROLOGIST ERIC STONE

UPDATE 10/12/19 11PM

Melissa has gained tropical characteristics so Melissa is now a Tropical Storm. It's weakening as it encounters westerly wind shear and moves over colder waters. Its moving East at 14 mph and is expected to continue weakening before merging with a trough to its east. Minor coastal flooding is possible along the mid Atlantic coastline Sunday.

FOX 4 METEOROLOGIST ERIC STONE

UPDATE 10/11/19 11PM

Melissa has weakened from earlier today... winds are now down to 50mph. It is moving faster to the SE and should get pushed to the east by westerly winds over the weekend. Melissa is expected to become a remnant low in 36 hours.

FOX4 METEOROLOGIST CINDY PRESZLER

FIRST UPDATE 10/11/2019

Subtropical storm Melissa has formed off the U.S. East coast south of Cape Cod from an already existing Nor'Easter. The system is exhibiting some tropical characteristics, so as a result, the National Hurricane Center moved to upgrade the storm to a subtropical storm due to this "hybrid" status. The wind field of the storm is very large, with tropical storm force winds extending outward nearly 350 mi from the center. As a result, gusty winds will be an issue for portions of New England through Saturday as the storm remains nearby. Conditions will improve as the storm moves away from the region later this weekend.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

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